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Refurbish Bikes for Children in Foster Care Gifts

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Remember getting your first bike? 

Please join the Phoenix Philanthropists for this very fun Recycle Your Bicycle event, repairing and polishing bicycles, and make that first-bike dream come true for many underprivileged children this holiday season. Last year, together with other groups, the Phoenix Philanthropists helped refurbish over 700 bikes for foster care children.

Both Channel 12 and The Arizona Republic will be asking the public to donate bikes at Earnhardt Dealerships, so much help is needed for what is expected to be another great community response.  So please come help us make a difference for foster care children--and stir up those old wonderful memories of your first bike.


The event takes places each Saturday until mid-December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are welcome to work the full shift, or a minimum two-hour shift anytime during the four-hour event. Please RSVP, and simply note in comments what hours you will work, if not the full four-hour shift.


There are several duties from which volunteers can choose, including light and heavy mechanical work under the guidance of the former U.S. Bike Team Technician; power washing; and detailing. In detailing, which requires the most volunteers, volunteers will Armor All tires, polish frames and clean wheel rims. All bike parts and cleaning supplies are provided. Mechanics are always needed, but absolutely no experience is necessary.


Sunscreen, hats, and, as temperatures cool, jackets, as most work takes places outside, either in the sun or under covered parking awnings. Some members also bring stools or collapsible chairs (you know, like at soccer games).


Wear comfortable clothing that you would wear for yard work.


The minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old, with a parent or legal guardian. Many Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and kids from schools will be there to help.


Volunteers can enjoy complimentary beverages and lunch.


If you have not already, please complete the online Phoenix Philanthropists Release Form.  A form should also be completed by any adults guests of members; and for each participating child under 18, by their parent or legal guardian.


For more information about this amazing program for foster care children, please to to the Recycle Your Bicycle webpage.

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  • Chris

    Thx for setting this up Jerry. Very fun event! Detail crew rocks! 80's karaoke next week :-)

    October 19, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Lol! ill make sure to wear some acid wash:)

      October 20, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Nice meeting everyone, great cause

    October 20, 2013

  • Chris

    Posted a few pics

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organized and fun!

    October 19, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Thanks to everyone that helped out today. We had quite a range of folks participating and completed around 30 bikes with many more almost done. We will have an estimated 700 bikes delivered next Saturday (10/26) from 17 Earnhardt Autocenters. Please join us again if possible. Thanks for all you do.

    October 19, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Thanks to everyone that RSVP'd. We will focusing on smaller sized bikes this weekend. They are always in demand. Look forward to seeing everyone.

    October 17, 2013

  • Jerry K.

    Everyone that helped last year, join us again. Folks that have not heard of this, come out for a fun experience that makes a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Remember your first bike?

    1 · October 6, 2013

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